Tricycle operators popularly known as Keke Napep drivers in Elelenwo, Obio Akpor Local Government area have on Wednesday dropped down their tools, in protest against the increment of their ticket price by the National Union of Road Transport workers.
The Keke Napep drivers said the increment of the ticket price from #200 to #500, is an act of wickedness and insensitivity towards them considering the ongoing construction of the Elelenwo road from the Railway to Oil mill which has forced them to take an alternative route.
Our TPCN correspondent who was at the scene of the protest spoke to a Keke Napep driver named ThankGod.
He had this to say “They increased our ticket from #200 to #500. So all the Keke drivers, however, have disagreed with that amount. We said we don’t want our ticket to be #500, we want it to be #200, which is the normal price.
“They didn’t give us any reason for the increment at all. They just came on Monday and told us to start paying #500, and started using SARS to arrest some of our members who refused to pay.
As at time of filing this report, residents of Elelenwo could be seen trekking home as no Keke Napep driver agreed to carry any passenger.
Efforts to get in touch with the Elelenwo NURTW officials proved abortive.